Artwork > Unchopping a Tree

Unchopping a Tree #5
Cut tree branches, acrylic, wool felt, embroidery thread, and string
2015
Unchopping a Tree #5 (detail)
Cut tree branches, acrylic, wool felt, embroidery thread, and string
2015
Unchopping a Tree #6
Wood, acrylic, and string
2015
Unchopping a Tree #8
String and poplar tree
2015
Rings - September 2013
Tree branches
15' diameter
Rings - September 2013
Tree branches
15' diameter
Rings - December 2013 animal trail
Cut tree branches
15' diameter
Rings - December 2013 interpretive sign
Cut tree branches
15' diameter
Rings - April 2014
Cut tree branches
15'
Unchopping a Tree #1
Tree trunk and steel
92"h x 10" w x 10" d
2013
Unchopping a Tree #1 - detail
Tree trunk and steel
92" h x 10" w x 10" d
2013
Storylines #1 (detail)
Relief print from pine log and ink drawing on paper
25" x 25"
2013
Unchopping a Tree #2 - detail
Tree branches, wool felt, and linen thread
85" h x 25" w x 1.5" d
2013
Storylines #2 (detail)
Relief print from pine log and ink drawing on paper
25"x25"
2013
Collection
Sawdust, wool felt, acrylic, and wood
36" w x 36" l x 18" h
2013
Standing Still: The Trees - Rings
Tree branches
178" l x 98" d x 3" h
2013
Standing Still: The Trees (detail)
Metal leaf, ink, acrylic, nails, linen thread, wool felt and wood
Dimensions variable
2013
Standing Still: The Trees (detail)
Linen thread, nails, acrylic, and wood
18" diameter, 2" depth
2013
Standing Still: The Trees (detail)
Acrylic, ink drawing, graphite, and wood
18" diameter, 2" depth
2013
Standing Still: The Trees (detail)
Acrylic, ink drawing, and wood
18" diameter, 2" depth
2013

This series was inspired in part by the W.S. Merwin prose poem Unchopping a Tree (1970). In the writing, the author gives instructions for putting back together a tree that has been cut down, an impossible task. The written description becomes a metaphor for human intervention into the landscape, the ecology of natural systems, and our impact on the natural world. What we have taken away or altered can rarely, if ever, be replaced or repaired to its original state.
The project was supported by the Boise City Department of Arts and History and the Boise WaterShed with assistance from the Boise City Community Forestry Department.